Epidemic Blindness

There is so much blindness in Mark chapter eight!

First, the apostles are blind to the needs of others, mainly because the people they encountered were Gentiles. Jesus, however, was not so prejudiced. He said, “”I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat,” (Mark 8:2 NLT).

Such was God the Son. He was always concerned about people; Jew or Gentile didn’t matter to him. He knew that true religion is caring for others (James 1:27). Why is it that people are so often reluctant to help?

Following this, the Pharisees caught up with Jesus in Dalmanutha. These people were blind to Jesus as the Son of God. They asked for a sign. Jesus had given them several miracles and signs already. Why were the Pharisees always looking for the abnormal to find the Messiah? They were blind, but simply needed to open their eyes.

Next, the disciples demonstrated their blindness again when Jesus said, “”Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod,” (Mark 8:15). The disciples thought Jesus said this because they had no bread back there in the wilderness.

They were blind. He was not talking about that. He was trying to get them to understand the influence the Pharisees and Herod might have on them. They needed to be cautious of what their influence could do!

Jesus said to them, “’You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’* Don’t you remember anything at all? (Mark 8:18 NLT). Did you notice the frustration in Jesus’ words?

Later, though, a glimmer of light came through for Peter when he confessed Christ is the Son of God. Still, blindness has a way of afflicting some even after they receive their sight, as it did Peter in verses 32 and 33.

People struggle with the same kind of blindness even today, don’t they? They need help. Will we help them see?

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